- to spoil by poor work; bungle (often followed by up): He botched up the job thoroughly.
- to do or say in a bungling manner.
- to mend or patch in a clumsy manner.
- a clumsy or poor piece of work; mess; bungle: He made a complete botch of his first attempt at baking.
- a clumsily added part or patch.
- a disorderly or confused combination; conglomeration.
Origin of botch1
1350–1400; Middle English bocchen to patch up; perhaps to be identified with bocchen to swell up, bulge (verbal derivative of bocche botch2), though sense development unclear
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1. ruin, mismanage; muff, butcher, flub.
- a swelling on the skin; a boil.
- an eruptive disease.
Origin of botch2
1350–1400; Middle English bocche < Old French boche, dialectal variant of boce boss2
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Examples from the Web for botch
He'd botch it, as he's botched everything foreign-policy related in this campaign.Does Bibi Have the American People Hypnotized or Something?
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Both of them have made a botch of their errand,” said he, “and are causing the bride to wait in vain!The Chinese Fairy Book
They've been running it for thousands of years—and look at the botch they've made of it!In a Little Town
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Work that is not finished, is not work at all; it is merely a botch.How to Succeed
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Are you not afraid that you might make a botch out of the whole job?
- to spoil through clumsiness or ineptitude
- to repair badly or clumsily
- Also called: botch-up a badly done piece of work or repair (esp in the phrase make a botch of (something))
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for botch
late 14c., bocchen "to repair," later, "to spoil by unskillful work" (1520s); of unknown origin. Related: Botched; botching. As a noun from c.1600.
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